What the publisher says:
As she reached the park, she heard a baby crying. She stopped. She couldn’t see anybody around. “Hello?” She raised her voice an octave. “Anybody there?”
Katie Calumet is on an early-morning run when she hears a baby crying. The park is deserted, and there’s no one in the street. She follows the cries, but then everything goes black. When Katie wakes up, she’s blindfolded and her hands and feet are bound.
Detective Justin Cross takes on the case, but with the trail leading into endless dense forest, and a failing marriage weighing on his mind, finding Katie is his most challenging case yet – not least because the Calumet family are keeping secrets of their own.
Justin and Katie face a race against time that will push them both to their very limits. As Justin works day and night to discover who took her and why, Katie fights desperately to escape from her kidnappers and the forest that surrounds her…
Can Justin find her before it’s too late?
What I say:
When Katie Calumet hears a baby crying whilst out jogging she goes to investigate, thinking she can help. When she is thrust, blindfolded, into the back of the van by two masked men she fears the worst.
Justin Cross is the detective charged with finding her. He is struggling to balance his personal life with the demands of his job but rises to the challenge of finding Katie.
The investigation is fast moving and intense as the police pick up clues to work out who the kidnappers are and where they have taken Katie. What we also see are Katie’s experiences as she tries to make her way back to her husband. The two combined make for a real page turner of a novel which grips you until the end.
The police also focus on Katie’s family as part of their investigation. Justin doesn’t have to spend too much time with them to realise that the relationships between them are strained. As a family known to be very rich there is no surprise when her father agrees instantly to pay the huge ransom that the kidnappers demand. There are however several surprises when the police look into the family as part of their investigation into the kidnapping.
This was a trip away from the norm for me as I usually prefer to stick to UK based police/crime novels so at first I had trouble following who the different types of officer were but this resolved itself by having Justin as the main focus of the investigation. I enjoyed it though and found it a fascinating read especially as Katie finds her way out of the forest.
Reading 4 out of 5